DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — The Putnam Museum and Science Center is set to open “Anne Frank: A History for Today,” one of its newest traveling exhibits.
“I think one of the most compelling things about the exhibit is Anne Frank and how much she inspired people around the world,” said Rachael Mullins, president and CEO of the Putnam Museum and Science Center. . “It was created in partnership with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. It features these wonderful historical panels that sort of tell the time before, during and after WWII, what happened in Anne’s life and what led her to write her world famous diary.
The exhibit is part of a larger community project called “Out of Darkness: Holocaust Messages for Today.”
“[The exhibit includes] some of the experiences of survivors, of those in hiding, of those who did not survive, but also of immigrants who were passing through the Quad Cities region,” Mullins said. “There are dozens of artifacts, as well as interpretive panels and interactive elements in the exhibit, which tell the story of this period.”
Both the Anne Frank exhibition and the “Out of Darkness” project are designed to tackle harmful issues such as intolerance, misinformation and hate speech.
“We really have a moment here to really reflect on our shared experience,” Mullin said. “It really reminds us all of the role of bystanders in intervention, even in our own daily lives when we see injustice happening in front of us.”
Mullins said it was an opportunity to learn from the past.
“It was not a distant story. It really impacted people here locally in the Quad Cities right up until today,” Mullins said. “Our responsibility to each other is that we live in a collective society and our role is to act as neighbors and friends, regardless of our differences and the diversity among us.”
The exhibition “Anne Frank: A History for Today” officially opens on September 2 and will remain on display until October 30.
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